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Laura Chenault writes about art and her life in Southern New Jersey. She enjoys exploring and hanging out at home with her husband and two cats.

Know the Mystery: Random Journal Page 181

Know the Mystery: Random Journal Page 181 by Laura Chenault has a poem found in a panel of text where the words are scribbled around with black ballpoint. The words "know the mystery" are stenciled at a 90 degree angle to the righ of the poem. The left side is red marker that looks like a chaotic heartbeat, but is really a visualization of a song by Tool.

This week's random spread from one of my sketchbooks features a visualization of a song by Tool and a found poem titled "Know the Mystery". The full text is below.

Miracle Rain: Random Journal Page 180

Miracle Rain: Random Journal Page 180 by Laura Chenault is a found poem with cut out words over a white and purple background that have been scribbled over with black marker.

This week's random journal spread features a Tzara-esque poem celebrating winter rain with a nod to Vonnegut at the end. The full text is below.

Parallel: Random Journal Page 179

Parallel: Random Journal Page 179 by Laura Chenault has an upside arched doorway surrounded by window panes. In the center of the arch is the outline of a man filled in with random text. The cut out figure is mirrored and standing on the bottom of the spread and surrounded by ballpoint pen scribbles.

This week's random spread from one of my journals. A parallel universe perhaps?

Give Don't Know: Random Journal Page 178

Give Don't Know: Random Journal Page 178 by Laura Chenault is a found poem with cut out words over a blue background.

Another found poem; inspired by Tzara but with more intervention; is this weeks's random journal spread. Full text of the poem below the image.

Becoming Invisible: Random Journal Page 177

Becoming Invisible: Random Journal Page 177 by Laura Chenault is a Tzara-esque found poem. The left side of the spread the cut out words are partially over a photo. The rest of the area and the entire right side has scribbled black marker as the background.

This week's spread from one of my journals features a Tzara-esque poem. I say "esque" because there is definitely more intervention than Tzara's game. The full text of the poem is below.

Answer Burning: Random Journal Page 176

Answer Burning: Random Journal Page 176 by Laura Chenault is a found text poem mostly sourced from a religious pamphlet. On the top half the background is a room and the bottom is a neutral paint sample.

This week's random spread from one of my sketchbooks features a found poem -- Tzara style. The full text is below.

From the Archives: Random Journal Page 175

From the Archives: Random Journal Page 175 by Laura Chenault is a collage inside the fron cover. The left side has a illustration of a fortune cookie, a fortune that says "you are a happy man" with the word "human stenciled over it, and the year "2015". The right hand side has the words "from the archives of" collaged over a map of Golden Gate Park. Instructions on how to use chopsticks span the bottom.

This collage from the inside front of one of my sketchbooks is a great introduction to a new book.

Make Art: Random Journal Page 174

Make Art: Random Journal Page 174 by Laura Chenault has the words "Light, Paper, Process; Reinventing Photography" on the left side with the phrase "one-of-a-kind" turned 90 degrees. Part of a chopstick wrapper with the kanji for double happiness is on the bottom. The right side says "make art" and is collaged over some Motel 6 wifi passes.

This week's random spread from one of my sketchbooks is all about making art. All my art is rooted in photography, so the combo of phrases is especially true for me.

Hello My Name Is: Random Journal Page 173

Hello My Name Is: Random Journal Page 173 by Laura Chenault is a collage that has a "Hello my name is" tage on the right hand side and those same words are stencilled across the left. A red chopstick wrapper spans the pages across the bottom.

This week's random page from one of my sketchbooks reads like a song to me: Hello my name is, hello my name is, hello my name is Laura…

Work: Random Journal Page 172

Work: Random Journal Page 172 by Laura Chenault is a self portrait in ballpoint pen of me screaming with the word "work" collaged overhead.

This week's random journal page is from a very stressed out day. And instead of doing the WORK that was stressing me out, I choose to work in my sketchbook. 

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